‘Cheerleaders in IPL are like item numbers in movies’

April 18th, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony in Bangalore Friday was an eye-popping event and with the cheerleaders from Washington Redskins performing, a new word will be added to the cricketing lexicon. Satish Prabhu, a chartered accountant with an audit firm in Mumbai, feels the glamour element will play a key role in attracting the crowds.

“Scanty clothes and white skins always grab attention in India. Unfortunately, it might actually result in overshadowing of the poor cricketers. We may have to hunt for them on the screen behind these attractive cheerleaders,” he said.

Kshama Acharya, a housewife, felt Twenty20 form of cricket is of pure entertainment value than sporting one.”

“I think it will be good to have some entertainment for the crowd. Anyway, there is no technique involved in this form of game; all you have to do is hit the ball,” she said.

She added if the IPL is glitzy, then why not add more glitter to it by bringing on cheerleaders?

“In the past few days all I have seen on television are Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. Even the players are conspicuous by their virtual absence from the scenario, they are hardly seen in the promotional events that we are bombarded with.”

Shantanu Rao, a fashion designer, feels that the cheerleaders’ performance is going to be like an item number in the Bollywood movies.

“This is definitely a new trend in India and there will be many people who will be allured by the skin show rather than the games and sports,” he said.

Cricket enthusiast and statistician Dukul Pandya feels that a new chapter is opening in Indian cricketing history with the IPL.

“However, no cricket lover expected that there would be alien ‘tamasha’ like cheerleaders. It will definitely distract the viewers but wonder what will happen to the cricketers?” Pandya said.

Ajay Punjabi, a student, opines that cheerleaders may not distract the true lovers of cricket, as India is very passionate about the game.

“I am sure the television will be showing the game live with bits of cheerleader during breaks,” he said.

Riddhi Oza, an executive with a multinational company, feels that IPL has made a mockery of the game. “Cheerleaders seem to be the main attraction than the sport, which we have been following since decades,” she rued.

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